Monthly Archives: August 2012

cag–intermediate communities

an intermediate community is one that lies between the one you are born into–your family–and your final community where you put down roots. an intermediate community is where people can ‘discover that they are loved by god and by others, and that they … Continue reading

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laugh and dance

he described the current oil boom in northern alberta as ‘rape and pillage’. rape and pillage make it hard to laugh and dance. rape and pillage have been going on for millennia. but so have laughing and dancing. far away there … Continue reading

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trantor or ?

trantor. isaac asimov’s fictitious planet that is the centre of a very human empire–kinda like in star wars, but much older, like 12,000 years older. it has become not only all bureaucratic but also all synthetic–everyone lives below the surface … Continue reading

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review of one week

later, we watched one week–not the 1998 bare naked ladies song but a 2008 movie about a guy who suddenly finds out he has serious cancer, so the first thing he does is buy a motorbike and goes on a … Continue reading

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cag–the enemy and forgiveness

vanier quotes m. scott peck, who says, our ‘interest in the … source of our prejudices, hidden hostilities, irrational fears, perceptual blind spots, mental ruts, and resistance to growth is the start of an evolutionary leap. the major threats to … Continue reading

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review of waking life

ok. maybe there’s two basic reasons to see this film: style (rotoscope) and content (existential philosophy). there’s no plot, no car chases, no sex. the style works. the content is verbose. rotoscoping starts off as live action footage that is … Continue reading

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cag–belonging

we all belong, but we don’t all feel we belong. however, there is more than just belonging. some groups, vanier writes, ‘give security … but they do not encourage personal growth. belonging in such groups is not for becoming.’ belonging … Continue reading

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cag–first steps

(<back to community and growth) i’m about to read community and growth [cag] by jean vanier. cag was one of my mother’s books. now it’s mine. maybe someday it’ll be one of my kids. my mother underlined in pencil parts–i … Continue reading

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community and growth [cag] by jean vanier

(if you’re interested, click a hyperlink for more of my essays) first steps belonging the enemy and forgiveness intermediate communities mission growth (now what?) nourishment authority other gifts welcome, reality, and illusions come together timeless celebration final(?) thoughts more final … Continue reading

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how long is a piece of string?

today (2012-08-14) i heard what i thought was an air raid siren–practice or the real thing or something else? if the real thing, what can i do? oh well. makes everything seem like non-sweatable small stuff. now is full enough … Continue reading

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